A Long Way Gone

What is the purpose of Ishmael's references to animals in chapter 8?

what is the larger statement being made

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Beah recounts a story his grandmother once told: there was a hunter of wild pigs who used magic to transform himself into a wild boar. He would lead the herd into an open area then transform himself into a human and shoot the pigs. The pigs discover the secret plant which the hunter is using to effect the transformation back into a human being; once he is gone, the pigs destroy every leaf of this plant they can find. When the hunter attempts his trickery, he cannot turn into a human again; the rest of the pigs surround and kill him. Now wild pigs distrust humans, fearing that any human being they see is there to avenge the hunter. This myth can also extend to the trickery of people in Beah's own life, especially when it comes to adults making children into child soldiers.